The many benefits of LED lighting

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LEDs: you’ve probably heard of them, but you may not know what they are or whether you should be using them. If you’re in the dark when it comes to LED lighting, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to give you the lowdown on LEDs so you can decide whether it’s time to join the LED revolution!

What are LEDs?

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‘LED’ stands for Light-Emitting Diode, and these lightbulbs are the latest in cutting-edge lighting technology for every space, from the home and the office to commercial spaces like restaurants and hotels.

LEDs work by converting electricity into light, unlike traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs, which create light by burning a filament until it glows. Because of the differences in how they work, LEDs can use as much as 90% less energy than regular lightbulbs, and last up to 50 times longer.

What are the benefits?

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Apart from the obvious benefit of slimming down your energy bills, LED lights have many more advantages over traditional lightbulbs. For one thing, they don’t require ‘warm-up’ time, so there’s no waiting for them to reach full brightness – when you switch on an LED it is bright right away.

LEDs can also be much smaller than traditional lightbulbs, and they are able to direct the light in a more focused way – right where you need it. They are tougher too as they don’t have any breakable filaments, and because they produce more light than traditional bulbs on a fraction of the wattage they also score highly for eco-friendliness.

Are there any downsides?

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LEDs aren’t perfect, but they have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, especially in terms of price. Compared to regular lightbulbs, you can expect to shell out a little more for an LED, but given that they need replacing far less frequently (many LEDs claim to last 5-10 years!) the initial cost should pay for itself in no time.

For some people, it’s the colour of the light that can steer them away from LEDs. It’s true that some LEDs produce a noticeably cooler, more bluish light that traditional lightbulbs, but the only way to see if this bothers you is to try it out for yourself. If you really aren’t a fan, you can find high-quality LEDs that give out that familiar cosy glow, and some are even designed to look just like retro filament bulbs!

How do I make the switch?

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The best way to make the switch to LEDs is to try them out in just one room. You could do this by installing an LED in a hard-to-reach place so you won’t have to replace it for a long time, or by gradually replacing your traditional lightbulbs with LEDs as they burn out. Just test them out in a few lights and see whether you want to make the switch.

If you do decide to go full LED, remember to check your dimmer switches. Dimmable LED bulbs are available, but you should check first to make sure that your dimmer switches are compatible with them.

Where can I use my LEDs?

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Once you’ve decided to make the switch, these versatile lights might just tempt you to make even more exciting lighting changes in your home. Because LEDs don’t give out as much heat, you might find you can illuminate places you never thought of before, such as the undersides of your kitchen cabinets, pieces of wall art, or even your garden decking.

You can also update your task lighting with LEDs. These bulbs direct light to where you need it most, so you can focus your kitchen lighting only on the worktops, or cast a clear, bright light onto your desk to help combat eye-strain. With LEDs, the possibilities are endless!

Whatever your preferences for lightbulbs, you can find them all at Lighting Majestic here.

David Cullis Is the owner of Lighting Majestic

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